Mercola is at it again. Every time I read one of his emails and am suckered into clicking onto his website, which I haven’t opted out of yet because I’d miss the laughs, I am further shocked at the things he gets away with saying and how innocent people can be truly mislead by his convoluted “medical” advice. And to think I used to regard his words as gospel. I became completely mistrustful of western medicine because of this man and to this day, am still working on repairing that damage to my perception. For example, I am due for a mammogram and according to Mercola, mammograms may do more harm than good so even though I know he’s a quack, I struggle with the knowledge that I am due for a mammogram. I guess Mercola and others like him have provided me a good excuse to never go see a traditional doctor (which is partially my fault, for sure). How many people like me are there out there who are avoiding their doctor, avoiding mammograms or other tests, to their own detriment?
So what’s my latest beef with Mercola? A recent article he posted about the evils of gluten when it comes to Alzeimer’s. Mercola claims that you don’t have to have celiac disease to have sensitivity to gluten and basically, gluten is responsible for gut permeability and all manner of disease, including Alzeimer’s, blah blah blah. That isn’t the part I take issue with. What kills me is his sudden, completely out-of-the-blue reference to ‘GE grains’ and their dangers.
Uh, Mr. Mercola, gluten does not come from genetically engineered, or GE grains. Wheat, barley and rye, the three main gluten culprits, are not genetically engineered. Even knowledgeable anti-GMOers (kind of an oxymoron I know, but go with me a moment on this) know this to be fact. Below is a quote from GMO Compass:
Wheat, rye, and barley cereal production around the world is free of genetically modified plants. This means that all flour used to make bread is “GM-free”.
Ignoring this fact, Mercola manages yet again to implicate GMOs in the demise of our health. Cleverly inserting input from a natural medicine neurologist, Dr. Perlmutter, Mercola cleverly manages to remove the onus of having implicated GMOs himself. He writes.
This protein, found in wheat, barley and rye, makes your gut more permeable, which allows proteins to get into your bloodstream that would otherwise have been excluded. That then sensitizes your immune system and promotes inflammation and autoimmunity. This kind of gut permeability is also promoted by things like antibiotics and chlorinated water.
According to Dr. Perlmutter, much of our current disease burden stems from the fact that we are contaminating our immune systems with proteins to which the human immune system has never, in the history of humankind, been previously exposed to. While not discussed in this interview, a MAJOR factor is the development of genetically engineered (GE) grains, which are now pervasive in most processed foods sold in the US. These GE crops create proteins never before encountered in any natural grain or food, so GE grains deliver a double-whammy against your immune system. Food allergies clearly appear to be one of the most noticeable side effects of a GE-grain diet.
Really Dr. Mercola. Really? Just how do GMOs and gluten coexist to create allergens? The paragraph doesn’t even make sense. Grrrrr. Something like this article would have scared me half out of my wits a year ago.
It is my desire with this post to expose just a fraction of the mother lode of misinformation that Mercola prolifically spreads on a daily basis. There are, granted, a few things he has written about that I know to be true. For example, the benefit of high intensity exercise is well-documented and touted by Mercola. Okay, I’ll give him that. But to sift through all the nonsense just for a small nugget of truth now and then is hardly worth my time. I will continue to read his emails, however, for pure entertainment – my free version of the National Enquirer.
Oh yeah, they give me fodder for a good rant too.